An employee performed a safety intervention with a co-worker who crossed a lockout/tagout boundary without complying with the required hazardous energy control process. The co-worker resisted the safety intervention and encouraged the employee to ignore their concern. Disregarding the peer pressure, the employee notified management and a stop work was declared. Doing the "right thing" in the face of opposition is difficult and represents a best practice in safety behavior.
Lesson Learned/Best Practice: Employees who "do the right thing", particularly when confronted by opposition, must be recognized for the concern demonstrated for the safety of their co-workers and to encourage similar behavior within the greater organization.
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